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FRIDAY FOCUS - Pets in Need, Southern Maryland


Pets in Need, Southern Maryland is a small rescue organization that was established in October 2016. They aim to help save pit bulls/pit bull mixes that come from unfit environments and look to find them a caring home. They are a 501©3 non-profit organization so they are always appreciative of any funds that can be used to help with medical expenses, food and other supplies that can help with the well-being of these dogs. Anyone looking for a furry companion is welcome to adopt or foster one of these loving pits! This week we spoke with owner and president of Pets in Need, Kim Holt, who gave us some insight into the organization’s work.
 
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Our rescue works tirelessly at our local shelter, Tri County Animal Shelter (TCAS) saving countless pit bulls/mixes who have been discarded by their owners or found as a stray. Some come in sick, injured, pregnant, broken and defeated. We provide these lost souls with medical care, quality food, decompression time and professional training before placing them into responsible homes. Our goal is to set them up for success because failure is not an option. 
 
Some of the things we do are help relieve the suffering of and prevent cruelty to dogs identified as pit bulls and mixes by providing public education and awareness. We help reduce the number of homeless pit bulls/mixes with information to the public regarding spay or neuter grants. We participate in fundraising in order to continue our efforts in saving homeless pit bulls/mixes in our local shelter and community. Our rescue also provides pet food to low-income, disabled and senior pet owners who may need a little help. No one should be forced to surrender their pets to the shelter because they’ve fallen on hard times or struggle to make ends meet at the end of the month.  
 
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?  
My favorite moment is each freedom ride out of Tri County Animal Shelter. The look of relief on each dog’s face and the gratitude they give you in that moment for saving their life is indescribable and priceless. Their personality immediately changes as we drive off and the stress just melts away. We’ve made a huge impact at our local shelter by saving many pit bulls/mixes so we love seeing where their new journey in life begins.   
 
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is fundraising and foster homes. Without funds we can’t continue our efforts in saving the countless pit bulls/mixes that arrive daily in our local shelter, TCAS. We’re always in need of foster homes. Available dogs can be found at https://petsinneedsomd.weebly.com/available-dogs.html.
 
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
We’re at Tri County Animal Shelter almost every Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. We also come to other locations throughout the Tri County area for adoption events such as Tractor Supply, PetSmart, as well as other various locations with adoption events. 
 
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
People can get involved with our organization by volunteering, fundraising, writing out grants to Pets in Need and most of all we need fosters. As a foster you’re not only saving the pit bull/mix you’re fostering but making space for another one in need. You’re also providing that pit bull/mix with a home environment opposed to a loud, very stressful shelter environment. We provide all our fosters with quality food, crate, supplies and we pay for ALL medical needs.